Palm's decision to link up with the BlackBerry solution by Research In Motion (RIM) has broader implications for wireless e-mail and its providers than a simple partnership. It is one example of how enterprises are gaining an upper hand. The handset manufacturer announced in October that its Treo 650 will be enabled for use with the BlackBerry push-e-mail platform, which has more than 3 million
During a recent Wireless Week BigTalk, Mark Donovan, vice president and senior analyst of M:Metrics, discussed subscription fatigue with regard to mobile TV. If a subscriber is paying to receive cable TV at home, are they going to be willing to pay again to get that feature on their mobile devices? It's a legitimate question that can be answered two ways.
Unbeknownst to most cell phone users, strategically placed and buried within their handsets are two to three antennas. These internal antennas each serve a purpose, whether it's to lock-in a signal with the closest cell site, find a location using GPS or enable Bluetooth short-range connectivity. Some handsets even have multiple antennas just for cellular connectivity alone.
In early August, the South Dakota Supreme Court handed wireless carriers a novel tool that could be used in their campaign to roll back local and state wireless taxes. The ruling allows South Dakota residents to decide whether to repeal a 3-year-old, 4-percent wireless gross receipt tax. A group of wireless carriers and private individuals spearheaded the effort to get the repeal on the Novembe
Fiberlink Communications Corporation, GigaBeam Corporation, Gearworks, PCTEL, Tropos Networks, Diversinet Corporation, Gemplus and LGC Wireless.
Vodafone posted a 35 percent increase in subscriber additions during the first quarter, to push its customer base past 165 million, the operator says.
Verizon Wireless inked a deal to ensure its 1X EV-DO service is available on select Dell laptops from the get go. The companies forged a pact to enable Dell to sell Verizon's EV-DO PC card directly to its customers.
LOS ANGELES-CTIA's not-for-profit group, set up to fire grassroots movements against state taxes, is now focusing its efforts on fighting federal taxes and facilitating new telecommunications laws, says the group's executive director Kim Kuo.
LOS ANGELES-Common short codes (CSCs) are moving into the world of big-time marketing with increasing speed. The codes, which provide carriers with a short series of numbers that allow wireless customers to send text messages, are becoming valuable marketing tools for big consumer brands, says Mark Smith, vice president of Neustar's mobile marketing group.
LOS ANGELES-Public battery issues such as those experienced by Dell and Apple should be a red flag for the industry, says Robert Lifton, chairman and CEO of Medis Technologies. It is an unfortunate byproduct of pushing the envelope of battery performance to meet the ever-increasing demands from mobile devices, he says.
Day 3: CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2006 is winding down today, but the Los Angeles venue is still generating news. Below is a sampling of the news announced before the close of the show.
Pantech Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Universal Music Group, MTV Networks, TRENDnet, Xirrus, VeriSign, Gemalto, O2 Ireland, Glu Mobile, iLoop Mobile, Nextcode and Visto.
The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same, which might apply to key regulatory issues in 2007. "There were policy issues that have had their substantive debate as we move into 2007; we should see the resolution of these issues," says Brian Fontes, vice president of federal affairs at Cingular Wireless.
The U.S. Copyright Office's ruling might have opened the door for unlocked phones, but carriers aren't scurrying to change their policies. Late last year, the copyright office granted a 3-year exemption to its rules, so that consumers can lawfully get their phones unlocked if they so choose. Whether the carrier does it, however, is another question.
Verizon Wireless is poised to launch its V CAST mobile TV service with MediaFLO USA in major markets this quarter, while other mobile TV technology providers are getting their DVB-H trials under way. For all the players, however, the name of the game seems to be discovering what consumers want. Indeed, Verizon "lifted the curtains" on its service at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier